2 non working operating systems

November 24, 2012 at 21:30:24
Specs: Windows 98 second gen
hi i have a corrupt windows 98 os and a part installed windows xp setup and i need to remove both and do a clean setup, i cant boot into 98 and the windows xp setup keeps failing
how do i remove both? the computer is an original windows 98

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November 25, 2012 at 02:57:03
To remove both you need to delete all partitions on the drive and start afresh with a new, empty partition.

if your PC has a floppy drive you can use a floppy boot disk to boot into DOS, get it here: http://www.bootdisk.com/

After booting from it, use FDISK to delete and create new partitions. Then use FORMAT to format the new partition. Instructions here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867

If Windows still will not install properly, the hard drive may have failed.

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November 25, 2012 at 03:00:49
I would start by getting a 98 emergency boot disk floppy (oem flavor) and putting Bart's disktool on it. Then boot it up and use it to wipe the hard drive with zeros so that XP's boot manager is removed which will then let 98 back on the drive without any interference that will normally be had with a partial XP installation present. Then install 98 clean and if you want a dual boot box then install XP which will overwrite the boot sectors with it's own boot manager allowing you to choose which OS you want each time you boot up.

With a drive wipe you'll need to partition the drive again with fdisk and format the FAT32 partition that 98 will need at least. I assume the XP cd just needs enough room on the hard drive and it will do what is needed for itself to be installed.


You may not have enough horsepower for XP, can we get you to post the computer's make and model number so we might help more with that issue?


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November 25, 2012 at 07:49:44
If you have less that 512MB, I wouldn't bother with XP. And if you have 512MB or more, that could be why you're having problemns with Win98. Please post the complete system specs in detail.

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November 25, 2012 at 16:38:13
You can probably get rid of the XP boot manager by running fdisk/mbr a couple times after booting from a 98 bootdisk or cd.

I went into a wordy description of fdisk and format procedures in my # 13 here:


that may or may not help.

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